15th May, 2014

As part of its Racing to School education programme, BHEST has developed Racing Heritage, a new initiative part funded by… More

7th March, 2014

BHEST is pleased to announce the appointment of Sir David Metcalf CBE to its board of Trustees. More

23rd January, 2014

It was a thrilling day for pupils from Risedale Sports and Community College, North Yorkshire, earlier this week when… More

9th January, 2014

The British Horseracing Education and Standards Trust (BHEST) is pleased to announce the appointment of David Adam as Trustee and… More

5th December, 2013

Racing to School hosted the finals of the 2013 Count Me In! Challenge at Bangor-on-Dee racecourse on Saturday 30th November.… More

19th November, 2013

Ollie McPhail, BHEST’s Lead Education Officer for the British Horseracing Education and Standards Trust (BHEST) Racing to School initiative and… More

Racing to School and Darley Race to 2000 

28th August, 2014

This year’s education events at Darley’s Dalham Hall Stud in Newmarket took the total number of local children taking part to over 2000.

Darley is HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s global thoroughbred breeding operation, which currently stands stallions in six countries around the world. Its headquarters are at Dalham Hall Stud, located within the historic home of racing, Newmarket.

Since 2005 the Racing to School programme has been supported by Darley and working in partnership with them we have run over 90 education days. This has given more than 2,000 children access to the unique setting of Dalham Hall Stud, offering them a once in a lifetime experience. 

The programme of events at Dalham Hall is an excellent way to support the education of school children, to build and sustain links with the local community, to raise awareness of the sport and the opportunities it offers and to demonstrate its importance to the local area. Thanks to Darley’s support we are able to run ten visits each year which in 2014 enabled 263 young people to participate in the programme.

At the beginning of the education day Racing to School’s Education Officer gives the children an introduction to breeding in general and Darley’s operations in particular in order to put the visit into context.  The children then embark on a tour of the wonderful facilities on the stud lead by one of Darley’s team of staff where they have the chance to view some of the most valuable stallions in the world.  The highlight for many of the children is the second half of the tour where they are taken to see and interact with the mares and foals out in the paddocks.  During the final session of the day the children find out more about the racing side of the industry and are all given the chance to try out their riding skills on our Equiciser.

“It is amazing how well the horses are looked after; it has definitely inspired me to work in the racing industry” Tara, aged 15

“This is a very valuable experience for students. One of the best venues for an educational visit I have been on” Mrs Bailey, teacher

We are looking forward to next year’s programme which will see our partnership with Darley reach 100 events.  For more information and to enquire about your school taking part please contact our Lead Education Officer Ollie McPhail.

BHEST - Racing to School and Darley Race to 2000

Pupils meet the magnificent Dubawi